Houston Herald

August 2020
A publication of
Houston Baptist Association
Reaching Our World For Christ
From Your Associational Mission Strategist
I want to thank everyone who prayed for our HBA Pittsburgh mission team. We had a successful week in Pittsburgh as we served with Faithbridge Community Church in McKees Rocks. We primarily did a lot of outreach leading up to a community block party. The most exciting part of the block party were the ten baptisms that took place at the end of the event. There were individuals from young to old and with multi-ethic backgrounds. God is doing an amazing work through this church and I am grateful that our association gets to partner with them in this ministry.

I want to encourage the leaders of our churches to register for the “SPARK” Conference that will be a virtual on-line conference on August 28th. There will be many break-out sessions in different categories that will greatly benefit the leaders of our churches. You can register online at: www.thesparkconference.com. If you are unable to attend this on-line, our association will be hosting a conference the first part of October. We will be working out the details and sending it out to the churches as soon as possible.

Our Annual meeting will be different this year because of the COVID Pandemic. Our leadership has decided that we will have an abbreviation of our meeting, but we will still have it at FBC Vienna on September 13th at 5:00 p.m. We are going to practice social distancing, so we are asking that each church have their Pastor, Executive Committee Rep, and an additional member to attend the meeting. We will be live streaming it on FBC Vienna Facebook page for others to join in with us. We will be taking care of some brief business, but then the rest of the hour will be worship and hearing a message from PJ Dunn who is our SW Regional Discipleship Consultant. I trust that those who cannot come to the meeting will join us on-line. 

I am continuing to pray for each of our churches as we navigate through this pandemic. This is still a great time for ministry and for reaching others with the Gospel. We must stay focused on the mission that we have been called to and glorify God in all that we do!

Bro. Gary

Please pray for

■Asssociational Missionary Gary Leutzinger
■Church planters Drew and Shannon Cunningham, Santa Cruz Area, California
■Pregnancy Care Center
■Lost and unchurched people
■Revival in HBA churches
■Unity in our churches and unity among our churches
■Churches without pastors
■Church TV ministries, Live Streaming and Online Services 
■Our schools, teachers and students
■Raymond Gibbs
■All the events and activities mentioned in this newsletter
■Knox Family

Church Positions Available

Smyrna Baptist Church is seeking a Music Director. Job Description is as follows : Must have music related experience, ability to work with different age levels, and must be cooperative with pastor. Primary function will be to provide leadership of the church’s Music ministry. Responsibilities and duties include: Direct music for Sunday services, revivals and other church related activities, be responsible for Special Music for both services and for seasonal musicals, direct adult and children’s choirs. There is one week paid vacation and absence on special occasions as arranged with the church music committee. Call (229) 268-6852 or send resumes to P.O. Box 382 Vienna GA 31092

Please contact the HBC at 229-273-4127 if you would like to feature an available church position in the monthly newsletter.

Executive Committee Meeting
August 17, 2020
 7:00 pm
Houston Baptist Center
coming up

Houston Baptist Association events are printed in bold. HBC is an abbreviation for Houston Baptist Center.

Tuesdays Men’s Prayer Breakfast, 8:00 am, Denny's

Aug 3-9 GBC Week of Prayer

Aug 17 Executive Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm, HBC
One-Day Total Church Equipping Conference
Premieres Online August 28
If you are not able to be involved through this virtual conference, our Association will be hosting the SPARK conference in October. (Date to be determined).
Dear Georgia Baptist Church,

It's that time again! The Mission Georgia prayer and offering emphasis is in September. This year, we are highlighting our five areas of focus:

  • Foster Care & Adoption
  • Human Trafficking
  • Childhood Literacy
  • Pre/Post Natal Care
  • Refugees & Internationals

Your church should receive your Mission Georgia emphasis materials before September if you have a standing order or you place an order by August 5th.

Remember, 100% of offerings for Mission Georgia goes to support local missions.
If your church needs offering supplies, please respond quickly.

See options below to order free offering envelopes, prayer guides, posters and downloadable videos that will be available mid August.  If you are unable to download videos from the  missiongeorgia.org  website at that time, you can request a DVD by emailing or calling Daphne Youngblood at  dyoungblood@gabaptist.org  or 770-936-5324.

  1. The easiest way to get your supplies each year is with a standing order. Over 1500 Churches have already signed up at: https://missiongeorgia.org/3in1-missions/ If you are unsure if you have a standing order you can check with that link also. OR
  2. Download attached form: Click for form
  • Mail to Mission Georgia; 6405 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, GA 30097
  • Scan and email form to info@missiongeorgia.org

If you need additional assistance, please call or email Daphne at
770-936-5324;  dyoungblood@gabaptist.org .

Have a blessed day, and thank you for supporting missions in your church.
A Call for Prayer and Fasting
August 3-9
Blood Drives
What to do with all those old Sunday School books?  

Don’t throw them away–bring them to HBC

Bring your old SS literature to Houston Baptist Center. Chad Harris will take it to a Edwin L. Hodges Ministries collection site to send overseas. ELHM is a Christian literature ministry that collects donated Bibles, books, magazines, tapes, and tracts from American Christians and ships them to Bible schools, churches, missionaries, and ministries overseas. ELHM is a non-denominational, nonprofit, evangelical ministry.
Partner with Lifetouch to create a no cost, updateable directory for your leadership, staff and families and start 2018 with new tools to help your church stay connected.
Be a Church Host or Volunteer in times of disaster!
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